Things to See and Do

Things To See and Do

A woman, man and boy walk through the remains of Wroxeter's roman bath house. They are walking through piles of rectangular stones and in the background there is a ruined brick wall and a modern building.

The Public Bath-House

Explore the place where the townsfolk met to wash, exercise and socialise. Built to inspire awe, in its prime Wroxeter's bath-house was enormous, and hugely impressive in its design.

The basilica was a vast open hall, providing space to exercise and relax before going into the baths. Today, you can see the footprint of the basilica with disks marking where its columns once stood.

The Old Works at Wroxeter. Grass and spring flowers in the foreground with a large brick roman wall, a rectangular opening in the middle.

The Old Work

Standing proud over Wroxeter's ruins is the iconic Old Work. This surviving 7 metre high basilica wall is the largest piece of free-standing Roman wall in the country. Look up at the wall to see double bands of orange-red tiles spearated by neatly laid bands of stonework on one side. On the other, the stonework is more plain and you can see regular rows of holes which would have been used to house scaffold during the construction.

Can you spot some of the original mosaic floor to the left of the doorway?

The Reconstructed Roman Townhouse at Wroxeter. A large yellow building with a porch held up with pillars.

The Roman Town House

Built using only the tools and materials available to the Romans, the reconstructed town house was created in 2010 as part of a project with Channel 4. It is based on the design of a town house which once stood on the site at Wroxeter, and is complete with dining room, bath-suite and replica Roman furniture.

Walking through the house, you can get a sense of domestic Roman life and the exposed walls, show off the contruction techniques employed during Roman times.

Market Hall and Forum

The Market Hall was an important part of the baths complex where bathers would get food for their evening meal and the shop rents would have paid for the running of the baths.

You can still see the remains of the colonnade of the forum which is located across the road from the Market Hall, close to the Roman Town House. The forum functioned as a combined market, town & county hall and magistrates court. Whilst little of the original building now exists, you can imagine the imposing facade of this once great structure. Find out more here.

A man, woman and boy look into a display case filled with roman artefacts

Daily Roman Life

Visit the refurbished museum to discover many never seen before personal items that shine a light on the lives of people who lived at Wroxeter, including jewellery, amulets, specialist tools and religious artefacts.

Many trades flourished here at Wroxeter, including tanneries, leather works and bone workers who created beautiful hair pins and you can see the remains of potter and glassware; all of which give a glimpse of the sophisticated craft work taking place at the site.

Discover a new handling collection featuring objects that would have been used for writing, and a reconstructed strigil, used in bath houses at the time to cleanse the body.

A boy rolls a giant dice towards the camera. A man and woman clap in the background. A giant snakes and ladders board is on the ground and the reconstructed roman townhouse is in the background.

Giant Roman themed games

During your visit try out our giant Roman themed games. Play snakes and ladders and a hoopla style game; fun for all the family! Explore the site and then make some memories as a family with our unique games.